Psalm 145

R     I will praise your name forever, my king and my God.

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
     slow to anger and of great kindness.
The Lord is good to all,
     and compassionate toward all his works.     R

Let all your works give you thanks, O Lord,
     and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
     and speak of your  might.     R

Let them make known your might to the children of Adam,
     and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
     and your dominion endures through all generations.     R

From the Principal

IN THE PICTURE - (from left to right) Diocesan Home and School Association President, George Waddell, Dr. Toups, Father John Sims.

Dear Parents,

On Tuesday night May 4, 2010, George Waddell received the Mother Seton Award. When the Waddell family moved into St. Joseph Parish for the 2007-2008 school year, George immediately became a significant contributor to the Spring Fair and to the success of the Strawberry Parking. George is an extremely hard worker who draws people to himself. For the past two years he has served as Fair Chair and has been the moving force to make the Spring Fair a success. He organizational skills have been crucial in improving the fair by purchasing booths that can easily be installed, purchasing containers to store equipment and games, and organizing a workforce that includes numerous parent participants.

In his second year in the school George was elected as Home and School President. He has used his position to enhance a sense of community in the school. His Movie Nights and Science Night were well attended and gave a chance for families to gather in a wholesome environment. He welcomed new students and parents with an imaginative program and helped with the school’s Open House for parents of prospective students. He took it upon himself with the help of volunteers to improve the facilities by cleaning and refurbishing the gymnasium and renovating the kitchen in the gym.

Finally, George puts in many hours as a coach for the Girl’s Volleyball and Softball Team.

George is selfless with his time, is tireless in his energy, and generous with his gifts. The school is most fortunate to have him as its Mother Seton Award winner. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

Thursday, May 6 
Field Trip - Grades 5th & 7th to snoball stand
Music Concert 7:00 in Church

Friday, May 7
Mass 8:30 - All are invited.
Spirit Dress
Adopt-a-Child Collection
May Crowning
Crusader Luncheon 
Summer Reading Orders Due
Accelerated Reader Deadline 
Advisory Council Nominations Due

Monday, May 10
8th Grade Exams - Reading & Science
Tryouts - Girls Basketball (Students currently in 4th-7th)

Tuesday, May 11
8th Grade Exams - English & Social Studies
Field Trip - 4th Grade to snoball stand 
Field Trip - 5th Grade

Wednesday, May 12
8th Grade Exams - Math
Tryouts - Girls Volleyball (Students currently in 4th-7th)

Thursday, May 13
8th Grade Breakfast and Practice
6th-7th Exams - Reading & Science
Tryouts - Girls Basketball (Students currently in 4th-7th)

Friday, May 14
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
8th Grade does not come to school.
Spirit Dress

Sunday, May 16
Athletic Awards @ 6:00 in Gym

Monday, May 17
8th Grade Awards @ 10:00 in Gym 

Tuesday, May 18
6th-7th Exams - English & Social Studies
8th Grade Promotion Ceremony @ 7:00 in Church.

Thursday, May 19
Last full day for PreK & K

Thursday, May 20
6th-7th Exams - Math
PreK &  K Picnic @ 11:00-1:00 at Memorial Park

Friday, May 21
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress
Yearbook Orders Due
Kindergarten End-of-the-Year Celebration @ 10:00 in Gym
PreK End-of-the-Year Celebration @ 12:30 in Gym

Monday, May 24
Field Day - Students may wear (long) shorts with Spirit shirts & their own tennis shoes.
This is a regular dismissal day.

Tuesday, May 25
Last Day of School for Students - Wear formal uniforms.
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Awards Ceremony following Mass. - All are invited to attend.
Dismissal is at 11:30. There will be no buses. Two carpool lines will be worked.

Advisory Council Nominations

It is time once again to elect new members for the St. Joseph School Advisory Council.

New members must meet the following requirements:
• Be the parent/guardian of a student at St. Joseph School. Because this is a three-year commitment, at least one of these students must be currently in Grade 5 or younger.
• Be a practicing Catholic.
• Be available for monthly meetings for a three year commitment.

The current elected members of the SJS Advisory Council are:
Christie Atkins, Jayna Berthelot, Suzette Callais,
Nicole Dillon, Raymond Mauterer, Veronica Pierson,
Michael Poche, Mary Ransom, and Jeff Schmitt.

Terms are ending for Christie Atkins, Suzette, Callais, and Veronica Pierson.
Christie Atkins and Veronica Pierson are eligible for re-election.

Please make your nominations on the form sent home today and return it to the school office by Friday, May 7, 2010.

Accelerated Reader Update

Our Accelerated Reader Clubs for 100, 250, and 500 points have been updated! Please see their pictures in Photo Albums. Congratuations to all of our wonderful readers! 

More Accelerated Reader information can be found under the Library section of this website.

Summer Reading

Enclosed with today's packet is an order form for summer reading books. All students are required to read the books listed. Ordering them through the school is an option.

If you intend to order from the school, please fill out the form and return it with payment to the school office by Friday, May 7.

Yearbook Orders

If you wish to order a yearbook covering the 2009-2010 school year, order forms are included in today's packets. 

The yearbooks will be in color, have a hardback cover, and include over 100 pages. 

Cost the yearbook is $40.

Please return yearbook payment with the completely filled-out order form by Friday, May 21. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH. Checks may be made payable to St. Joseph School.

Cafeterai Totals

It's time to settle up any outstanding cafeteria accoutns. Although you may only owe a little, it adds up when we're working with lots of folks. The cafeteria is now owed about $2000. 

If you're unsure of what you owe, or if you owe, please get with Ms. Gwen Klein, cafeteria manager, at 985-386-8-75. 

Accounts are now considered past due. Thank you so much for clearing up this matter before the end of the school year.

2010-2011 Uniform Information

It'll be one-stop shopping for the complete school uniform at The Old School. This year they will also carry the school shoes!

The boys at SJS will be wearing a new school shoe beginning in August 2010-2011. Boys in Grades 1-8 will wear the "Vinney" black lace-up made by Willits. The PreK and Kindergarten boys will wear the same shoe in the velcro style.

Girls in PreK and Kindergarten will change to the velcro style "Lauren" by Willit in navy blue. Girls in Grades 1-8 will continue with the navy blue "Lana" by Jumping Jack.


Mark your calendars! The Old School is offering 15% off on all school uniforms and accessories during the entire month of June.

If you want to keep track of your purchases for next year's taxes, just give your name to the cashier at The Old School before you check out. They will record all purchases you make. When it's time for tax season all you'll have to do is call them for a total.

April Crusaders

Mini Crusader - Angelina Quigly (first grade)

Crusader - Olivia Currie (eighth grade)

New Home & School Officers

The new Home and School Association officers for 2010-2011 are as follows:

President - Vincent D'Antoni

Vice President - Lori Kyle

Treasurer - Crystal Smith

Recording Secretary - Shelly Ernst

Correspdoning Secretary - Theresa Tumulty

Historian - John Ryals

Parliamentarian - George Waddell.

Congratulations to the new officers. Many thanks to the retiring officers and to all who participated in the elections. Your response was great!

Sports News


St. Joseph Junior High Girls, Junior High Boys, and Elementary Girls Teams won the NIAL Championship Meet held on April 29 and 30! 

Luke Bleakley set a new NIAL record in the Junior High Boys High Jump and also a NIAL MVP in his division. Hayleigh Laylee was also a NIAL MVP in the Elementary Girls division. Lydia Pevey was the NIAL Track MVP in the Junior High Girls division.

The Sub-Elementary Boys, Sub-Elementary Girls, and Elementary Boys also competed in this meet and did well. St. Joseph School athletes received many gold, silver, and bronze medals.


St. Joseph's varsity softball team also captured the NIAL Championship Title with a thrilling victory over St. Scholastica, a team of all-eighth grade girls. SSA had previously won two regular season games over St. Joseph, but in tournament play for the title trophy the St. Joseph girls prevailed!

Pictures of several sports teams are in the Photo Albums section of this website. More sports news can be found under the Sports tab on this website.

Community News


Looking for swim lessons? Starting on May 31st lessons will be offered in 3, two week sessions, Monday - Thursday, for 45 minutes, 9am - 12noon. The cost will be $120/session. Students will be placed in classes according to ability and age. 

Also, for infants and toddlers(3) there will be a parent/child class meeting 2 days/week. The cost will be $50/session. Please call for more information. Maureen Lavastida 985-386-3137


Hoopsters Basketball Camp will be held June 14-17 from 9:00-noon in the St. Joseph Gym. The camp is open to girls ages 5-12 and boys ages 5-10.

Early registration is $50. Late registration is $60.

Enrollment is limited.

Each camper will rceive a camp t-shirt and basketball. Refreshments will be solde throughout the week.

Registration forms are available in the school office.

More information can be had by contacting Kristi Gill at 985-507-4778


Any 6th or 7th grade boys at St. Joseph School who would like to try out for the PJHS tackle football team should be at tryouts on May 12, from 3:30-5:00 at Ponchatoula Junior High. In order to tryout you must have a physical exam from a doctor. Please bring the paperwork from the doctor, shorts, and a t-shirt to tryouts. This is a one-day tryout in shorts. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Brett Chatelain at 985-215-9930.


Information letters have been sent out to 8th grade boy interested in playing football for Ponchatoula High School. A copy of this information is available in the school office. More information can be had by contacting Coach Mike Baiamonte at 04-615-2593.


Ponchatoula High School Lady Wave Volleyball tryouts will be held on May 4th and 5th at 4:45 until 6:00. If you have any questions please contact Coach Long at or Coach Amerson at Ponchatoula High School.


Tangipahoa's best kept secret is back!

Rosaryville will again sponsor its summer camp for boys and girls ages 8-12.

Two sessions will be held this summer: June 20-15 and July 18-23. This promises to be a fun-filled week of activities gearred to developing body, mind, and spirit.

The cost is $395 per child for overnight stays. Day camp is $265. Family discounts are available for two or more children attending the same camp.

There is limited space, so plans should be made now to reserve a spot.

More information can be had by contacting Jay Day, camp director, at 225-294-5039. The website also contains information..

Rosaryville is located at 39003 Rosaryville Raod in Ponchatoula. 


Kay Butler and Selisa Hue present their Summer Drama Workshop, "With a Gleeful Heart" from May 31-June 12 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Ponchatoula High School. First through twelfth grade students will be accepted.

Cost is $250 for the first child and $200 for each additional child from the same family. Early application (before May 15) will get a $25 savings on tuition price. Space is limited.

Registration forms are in the office. More information can be obtained from contacting 
Selisa Hue 
% Jitterbug Productions, Inc. 
215 N 4th Street
Ponchatoula, LA 70454


Ages 3-18 at Oak Knoll Country Club. Registration forms are in the office. More information can be had by contacting Abrie de Pooly at 985-542-5756 ext 103 or 985-534-6229 (cell).

St. Joseph Parish News

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Prayer for Priests

The Year for Priests 2009-2010

Dear Lord,

We pray that the Blessed Mother wrap her mantle around Your priests and through her intercession strengthen them for their ministry.

We pray that Mary will guide Your priests to follow her own words,
"Do whatever He tells you." (Jn 2:5)

May Your priests have the heart of St. Joseph, Mary's most chaste spouse.

May the Blessed Mother's own pierced heart inspire them to embrace all who suffer at the foot of the cross.

May Your priests be holy, filled with the fire of Your love, seeking nothing but Your greater glory and the salvation of souls.


St. John Vianney, pray for us

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